Well done to Steve Hawley (3rd), Chris Bownes (4th), Mike Gibson (6th and 1st Master) and Chris Hawley rounding off the top 10 in a 27 strong fleet at the Supernova Open at Carsington S.C. Looks like another strong year for the fleet is getting under way.
Bartley Sailing Club Blog
3 Bartley Juniors attended the 2nd RYA Junior series open at Ogston on Saturday. The sailors were greeted by a gentle breeze and bright sunshine. There were travellers from Blithfield, Chase, and Bartley to add to the strong contingent from Ogston. The race officer got proceedings off on time and gave the juniors three 30 minute races back to back before lunch just to make sure they had worked up an appetite followed by a single race in the afternoon to allow for club racing to follow on.
With the racing format based on handicap and average laps it was impossible to tell where the sailors had come until the times had been plugged into the computer and the algorithms run!
In the end the top 3 spots were taken by the Laser Radials (Greg Cornes, Jamie Mason) and a Topper (Alice Hedley-Fenn) with our laser 4.7s in 4th and 6th and Millie coming in as the first under 12 competitor in 7th.
It became clear on the Sunday why there were so many juniors in Lasers - they had all come to get some practice in for the laser Open - more on that in a separate blog.
The next event is on Saturday at Notts County. Megan and Harrison will be going in their 4.7s if any other juniors want to come along and keep Bartley in the running for the team trophy.
Just a quick reminder that defibrillator training will take place on Tuesday evening in the club house from 7pm and that the business planning activity will be on Wednesday between 18.30 and 20.30.
The Wednesday activity will be structured to brainstorm the clubs strengths and weaknesses and then investigate the external influences that we can take advantage of or may threaten our future. If you have a view and are willing to share it (and more importantly be part of implementing a solution) we would love to see you at the session.
Powerboat Training 2019
It is essential that we have as many members as possible who have the skill and experience to drive the club rescue boats safely.
It is a requirement placed on us that all safety boat drivers have L2 powerboat qualification. We are proving this training "in house", so that members can gain this qualification without the cost of a commercial course, or attending another centre.
The course costs just £30 to cover club costs and is run over two days.
Dates for 2019 training are as follows:
June 9 & 16 L2 PB
Sept 22 & 29 L2 PB
Nov 3 & 10 L2 PB
Dec 7 & 8 L2 PB
Nice to see so many enjoying the sunshine on Saturday with a swift half at the bar to cool down afterwards. Looks like even better conditions next weekend with sun and a nice breeze so why not come down and cool off with a sail and a refreshing drink.
Some great feedback to date from members via our survey. Thanks if you have taken the survey, and please take 5 minutes to complete if you haven't. We are especially keep to hear more from members who have recently joined, windsurfers, SUP members, and those in the lower age categories.
Here are some of the summary responses to date:
The RYA Junior series that will see its finale at Bartley in September is adding another date at Ogston SC on 1st June to provide a second opportunity to gain points at the venue after the previous attempt was called off due to lack of wind. The following week there will be the next round at Notts County. The series is open to juniors from 8 to 18. If you would like more details please e-mail
Building winds greeted the team of visiting Lasers to Bristol Corinthian but by the time it came to start the back to back 3 races the wind shifted, died and then filled in 20” degrees left. So the PRO had his work cut out to relay the course.
Race 1; Jeremy maintained his previous bullet off line starts and powered off and lead to the first buoy but by the bottom of the Olympic trapezoid course the fleet were all over him and back on the beat john overtook. But on the following downwind leg the leading bunch get interwoven with the Solos and this gave Neil Crosby the chance to charge through. By the next leg it was nip and tuck to the line with Neil taking honours, and john and Robin Pitt close behind. Meanwhile Graham Royle was fighting hard with Local man Simon Beck and doing really well.
Second race john got a clean start and held it to the gun. Whilst Jeremy Higson was always there but had a tough battle against Robin Pitt who finally came in close behind for second.
This meant it was wide open for second, third and fourth sailors places, so race three was important to get away with a clean start. John and Jeremy took an early lead and this combination finished in that order followed by Robin Pitt and Neil Crosby.
This meant there was a tie in points with all three of them on 5 net. But on the low points system uses the result of the last race so final positions were.
1st John G Ling 2 pts
2nd Neil Crosby 5pts
3rd Jeremy Higson 5pts
4th Robin Pitt 5pts
5th Simon Beck 10pts
6th Graham Royle 12pts
The sailing committee have been asked by a few members if the club are interested in entering the above event.
This is a 24 hour sailing race around the marine lake in southport for either GP14, enterprise, Firefly and Lark class dinghies. the format is that the boat keeps going and the sailors change as and when it suits the team.
There are normally around 70 teams entered.
The dates of the event this year are 14th and 15th September with a lunchtime start time.
Most teams take around 5 or 6 pairs to sail.
The details regarding team captain, type of boat, and costs etc will follow in due course if we have sufficient interest.
If you have a prefence to the type of boat please also let me know.
If you require further information there are 2 sailing clubs on the lake at Southport and the event is organised by the West Lancs Yacht Club details are available on their website.